UPDATE: Ivy St. Ive has taken down her posting on Craigslist and issued a statement on her Instagram explaining why she will no longer be offering her services.
“I’ve had several emails from people warning me that offering to be a Pokemon trainer is completely against the terms and services of Niantic, a company that is notorious for banning people. ... I looked into it, and confirmed that, something I probably should have done before making the post,” she wrote, in part.
She added that she’s “hoping to go back to a world where I can just play Pokemon Go in peace.”
Are you playing Pokémon Go? Of course you are!
Do you want to be an expert at it, but don’t know how? Well, you’re in luck!
A 24-year-old freelance journalist who goes by the name Ivy St. Ive is here to help.
In a world where you can literally pay people to stand in line for you, it’s probably not that shocking that you can also pay someone to “catch them all.”
In a post on Craigslist, St. Ive says she’s a “lifelong Pokémon enthusiast” and looking to help Pokemon novices in New York City.
She touts herself as a “professional Pokémon Go trainer.”
The NYU graduate says that for a mere $20 an hour, she will do the following:
My services are simple: I will walk around in 1-4 hour shifts signed in to your account capturing every single Pokémon I come into contact with, activating every Poke Stop I pass and walking nonstop to help hatch your eggs. I’ll even send you hourly updates while you’re at work/class/on a hot date informing you of any really exciting things I’ve come across for you. Pokémon training help, gym battles and strategy tips are also included, if requested.
You might be wondering: Is this woman qualified? St. Ive assures all that she is, having played “Pokémon (both cards and gameboy/DS) since 1997 and Pokémon Go since its opening day.”
She also claims to already have reached level 15 trainer in Pokémon Go, and says she controls all of the gyms near her home.
Here’s St. Ive in THE WILD:
St. Ive also promises to treat potential clients’ accounts like her own.
I know what I’m doing.. I will catch them all. I will focus in on catching specific types of Pokémon (i.e. fire, water, electric) if you want. I’ll even send you silly screenshots so you don’t feel too much FOMO while you’re doing something that prevents you from accessing PokeWorld.
Thank GOD for those silly screenshots. Nothing says “SO MUCH FUN!” like seeing a bunch of Pokémon someone else caught.
For example, please enjoy this picture of a Tangela on a man’s shoulder.
What a time to be alive. We hope Ivy St. Ive gets a ton of business.
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